Ryan Sean Davy was released from Nepal on 04 June and given clear passage to the US.
In a recent article, we covered the story of Ryan Sean Davy, the climber who ventured to Everest with the intent to summit it. When he got there, he didn’t have enough money to purchase his permit, but, he attempted to climb it anyway. Commercial expeditions on Everest can cost in excess of $65,000 (58,972/£50,798); just purchasing a permit proves cheaper for climbers going solo.
Davy, who is a filmmaker by trade, expressed on his Facebook page on 08 May, that he was being held at Everest Base Camp and questioned after having been caught without a climbing permit.
According to the post, Davy was approached at Everest Base Camp by authorities and was questioned about his permit or lack thereof. According to reports, Davy then ran away and a chase ensued. Davy was later found hiding in a cave where he was then escorted back to Everest Base Camp to be “harassed” and questioned.
Davy’s passport was confiscated on the mount and he was kicked off the mountain; he was faced with having to trek back to Kathmandu and report to the Tourism Department of Nepal to find out what his punishment would be.
Davy faced a fine of $22,000 (€19,958/£17,194), double what he would have paid had he just bought the permit at $11,000 (€9,979/£8,597). He also faced the possibility of jail time along with the fine, or his fine could have been converted to jail time in whatever scale the Nepalese Government deemed appropriate.
In a post dated 18 May, on his Facebook page made by a family member, they stated that he had been taken into custody and would be in custody for another 10-15 days.
Fast forward to 26 May, Davy posted on his Facebook page that he had been released after only seven days in custody and gave thanks to the South African Embassy and Consulate for their efforts in mitigating his punishment. He also thanked the Nepalese Government for doing their best to acknowledge his “interests and intentions on the mountain.”
Davy was released without the need to pay the $22,000 fine and was given clear passage to return to the US, however, he has been banned from climbing any mountains in Nepal for 10 years. The same punishment was given to Janusz Adamski after he illegally traversed Everest from the Tibetan side and descended through the Nepalese south side.